Brachioplasty or ‘arm lift’, reduces excess sagging or drooping skin from around the underside of the upper arms. Performed under general anaesthesia, segments of excess skin and/or fat will be surgically removed and the remaining skin and tissue will be lifted up to achieve a tighter and smoother look. As each brachioplasty is unique to each individual patient, we insist on each of our patients to undergo a complete consultation with us prior to the operation.
Brachioplasty is normally performed under general anaesthesia and an incision is made between the elbow and underarm. The required skin and fat will be removed and the remaining area will be lifted to give a smooth and lifted appearance. Supporting arm garment are normally worn for the first few weeks to support the arm. Strenuous activities must be avoided in the early weeks to assist in the healing process.
What does the Brachioplasty arm lift surgery involve?
The excess upper arm tissue is removed using a direct incision, generally from the armpit to the elbow.
Will there be a visible scar and how long will it take to heal?
Commonly arm lifts have a visible scar present along the inside of the arm, a straight line from the armpit to elbow. The scar will take roughly 2 weeks to heal and aftercare advice or treatments to help minimise the scar will be available if required.
Am I suitable for an arm lift?
Generally if you have had dramatic weight loss or significant loss of tone in the arms, however you must be in assessed for good health and stable weight. The arm lift surgery is not suited after a mastectomy.
How soon can I exercise and return to my daily activities?
You should be able to return to housework or other daily activities within 2 weeks. Intense exercise programmes will take as long as 4-6 weeks
How do I prepare for the Brachioplasty procedure?
Patients undertaking arm lift surgery prepare by stopping any medications that may cause bleeding, refrain from smoking and generally keep in good physical health.